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A cup may seem like an insignificant little thing, but if you’re in the business of selling coffee (or any beverage for that matter) then you know just how important the cup can be. Having the wrong cup can be a problem. Having a bad cup can be an even bigger one. Getting a good cup is only the first step in ensuring a company’s success. For the most bang for your buck, branded drink cups is the best solution.

Branding

The most obvious reason to “go custom” is to boost brand recognition. You’ve worked so hard on creating a business that has a certain look to it, right? Making sure your coffee cups reflect that aesthetic is a no-brainer for any café and most bakeries. Whether you sell hot coffee, boba tea, milkshakes, or fresh juice – if there are cups going out the door, they really should have your logo on them. Imagine each beverage that leaves your shop as a marketing opportunity. Just imagine the number of potential customers that will cross paths with that cup.

Quality

In addition to giving your marketing efforts more reach, you can also expect branded cups to be top quality. For anyone who has had a customer complain about a leaky cup, you know this is so important. Help improve your overall customer experience by stocking hot cups that won’t leak and cold cups that won’t warp.

Low Minimums

But you knew all of this, didn’t you? You’re a savvy business owner, so you were already aware of the benefits of branding. And you must have figured that we would use the best quality cups for printing. But here’s something you may not have known: the minimum required to brand your own cups is only 5,000 units. Did you also know that it’s super simple to get started? Call our Packaging Advisors today and you could have your own branded cups in just a matter of weeks.

Our Packaging Advisors are ready to help! You can reach them at 888-321-2248 – Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6p.m. EST.

If you’re a business owner, chances are you’ve noticed a boom in online sales recently. E-commerce has seen exponential growth, and it shows no signs of slowing down. According to estimates from Internet Retailer, consumers spent over $500 billion dollars in 2018 alone. And that’s about 15% more than what they spent in 2017.

What That Means For You

Even if you have a brick-and-mortar shop, chances are you might still be selling some items online. You want to make sure the entire package is thoughtfully assembled for a well-rounded experience for your customer. In many cases, they do not have the opportunity to stroll through your brick-and-mortar shop, or interact with your sales team. This is your chance to really allow them the full experience of working with your company, so make it a memorable one.

How a product is packaged will greatly affect how valuable a customer finds that product. For instance, imagine unboxing a high-quality shirt. Does the same shirt seem more valuable when it’s stuffed into a plain, clear bag, or when it’s wrapped nicely in custom tissue paper that bears the company’s logo? The choice is clear. The packaging will enhance your product’s perceived value as well as your customers’ experience. This helps your customer develop an idea of your company, even when you can’t interact with her face-to-face.

Helpful Items

Stickers can be both helpful and fun. Use them to seal the tissue paper wrapping, or apply them to the outside of the mailer or shipping box. Want to score some bonus branding points? Toss in a couple logoed stickers with the order and allow the customer to advertise for you either on their car, laptop, or water bottle.

Branded merchandise bags are another surefire way to set your company apart from the competition. This simple touch is what your customers will remember. Of course, if it suits your products better, opt for a custom printed wine or bread sleeve as a way to leave a lasting impression.

In the world of online retailers, it’s so important to provide your customers with an outstanding unboxing experience. Whether you’re ready to print your logo on some key items, or need help with an item, we can help! Give our Packaging Advisors a call at 888-321-2248 to learn more about what we can do to enhance your customers’ experience.

Here at MrTakeOutBags we can’t help but pay close attention to the changing trends in the food industry. Lately we’ve noticed a surge in catering – specifically drop-off catering. Think: offices that have lunch delivered, or prepared meals made for individual customers. There’s a large demographic of busy, hungry folks who want meals brought to their doorstep. Catering companies are popping up all over, which is why branded packaging is more important than ever.

Labels

When packaging has a company’s logo on it, each delivery becomes a walking billboard. It’s marketing that stretches well beyond the kitchen where the meals are made. Putting something as simple as a custom sticker onto a bag or container can help current and potential customers remember your name. Labels have the added bonus of being the easiest and most cost-effective ways to brand.

To Go Bags

Step up your delivery game with printed carry out bags. Just imagine dropping off a large order for an office lunch, and all your printed bags lined up in the break room. Paper takeout bags add a level of sophistication to any order, while plastic bags work as a smart, economical option.

Disposable Cups

Don’t forget about the cups! Whether you’re bringing carafes of hot coffee or iced tea, printed hot paper cups and printed plastic cups are a must. These powerhouse marketers get around, from break room to desk to the commute home, they are sure to be seen.

Meal Prep Containers

For meal preppers there is the ultimate branding option: reusable plastic containers with custom-etched lids. This shows your clients that you mean business. The great thing about having your logo etched onto the clear plastic lids is that the containers can be used over and over again. This adds lots of longevity to that whole “walking billboard” idea.

Whatever you choose to customize, we can help. We’ve got you covered when it comes to non-printed stock supplies as well. Give our Packaging Advisors a call at 888-321-2248 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

You know us, we like to indulge a little. So naturally we are celebrating one of our favorite holidays in style. Friday, June 7 is National Doughnut Day and we are ready to party! We took a look into some of the most outrageous doughnuts offered around the country. How many of these would you try?

Honestly not even sure there’s a doughnut under all that. || from Yelp

Gourdough’s Big Fat Doughnuts

Gourdough’s in Austin specializes in off the wall doughnuts, so it’s hard to pick just one. But if we had to pick a favorite, it would probably be the Porkey’s doughnut. It’s got a healthy dose of Canadian bacon, cream cheese, and then it gets its heat from jalapeno jelly. But honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the doughnuts on their menu.

Instagram: @hi_lo_diner

Hi-Lo Diner

If you’re more of a fried chicken fiend, check out the incomparable Hi-Lo Diner in Minneapolis. The menu includes several Hi-Tops (fried dough piled high with additional goodies), including the Gary Cooper. It’s a fried doughnut topped with fried chicken, maple bourbon syrup, and country gravy. If you’re lucky, you’ll get there in time to try out one of their rotating specials, like their Croque Madame Hi-Top.

 

Instagram: @glamdolldonuts

Glam Doll Donuts

Who here doesn’t love comfort food? That’s what we thought. It’s the perfect combination. That’s why the mac ‘n cheese doughnut (aka the Belly Bomb) from Glam Doll Donuts caught our eye. A deep fried ring of melty, mac ‘n cheesy goodness is the probably the epitome of comfort food. We’re ready to dive right in.

 

Does your bakery sell an outrageous doughnut? Tell us all about it! We love to learn about new, unexpected doughnut flavors.

 

And if you’re ready to step up your bakery’s marketing game, consider printing your logo on the doughnut boxes. Give our experts a call and get started today.

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Here at MrTakeOutBags, we obsess over packaging. We’re constantly thinking about how to improve packaging, and often times it all comes down to custom printing. When a company adds their logo to a bakery box or a takeout bag, it leaves a lasting impression. But what about customers who choose not to print their packaging? There has to be some way they can get their products noticed, right?

That’s where the power of the window comes into play. It allows your quality products to be immediately viewed by potential customers. Whether it’s delightfully decorated cupcakes, artisan sandwiches, or high-end olive oil bottles – there’s packaging designed to help you flaunt your wares! It’s a creative and inexpensive way for you to set yourself apart from your competition.

 

Bakery Boxes

Cakes, pies, and cupcake – they should all be on display! What better way to entice would-be customers than by showing off the goodies you offer? We have windowed bakery boxes fit to hold a single cupcake, all the way up to window boxes big enough for a dozen. Find the right color box that plays well off your products and you’ve just enhanced the presentation substantially.

 

Takeout and Catering Boxes

People love to see what they’re buying before they make a decision – especially when it comes to meal prep. A perfectly prepared salad may go unnoticed unless it’s packaged in a Bio-Pak View takeout box. One simple little window can be the difference that helps you make a sale. Selling sandwiches? No problem, we carry clamshells with a built-in window so customers can get a view of the food before purchasing.

For catering or for large carryout orders, use windowed catering squares. Rigid and sturdy, these handy squares allow your clients to see exactly what they’re about to dig into.

 

Bottle and Jar Carriers

If your product is often purchased as a gift (think jams, spread, oils, and wines) then your customers will all but demand you have windowed packaging. Of course, you could sell your fancy, infused olive oil without special packaging. But why would you? Increase the overall value of what you sell by presenting it in a window gift box. The same holds true for jams, spreads, and mustards. Put them in a window box and you’ll elevate their look, and increase their worth.

 

Still not sure how you can use packaging to improve your products’ value? That’s alright, we’ve got experts for that. Remember, we do obsess over it, after all. Give us a call at 888-321-2248 to learn more!

Summer is officially here, which means some of our favorite eateries are adding barbecue-inspired dishes to their menu. Others are opening up their patios for outdoor dining. And of course, summer is the season for food trucks and festivals. With summer in full swing, it’s important for all of these restaurants, food trucks, and cafes to have the right disposable, fast casual type of packaging for their meals. Make sure you’ve got everything on your list.

Paper soup cups for side dishes

Whether you’re dishing up sides that are hot or cold, sweet or savory, a paper soup cup makes an ideal container. Luckily, there is a container for each type of business. For those who want something eco-friendly, reach for the compostable soup containers. Places with a rustic or American grill feel may want to use cups made from kraft paper. Of course, there is always classic white, too.

Paper food trays for handhelds

Few things scream “summer festival” more than eating cheese fries out of paper food boat. There’s a reason you see so many vendors using these. They’re inexpensive but durable, easy to dispose of, and make it a breeze for customers to hold in their hand and eat from. Convenience is king when it comes to food trays.

Custom printed basket and tray liners

Even though those paper food trays are durable, a messy order of nachos will always benefit from a sheet of waxed food tissue paper. Additionally, barbecue joints that are serving racks of ribs on metal food trays (with all the fixings on the side, of course) are using food tissue. For some restaurants it’s a necessity. It also happens to be one of the easiest, most affordable items to brand. Then every Instagram-worthy snapshot your customers take will automatically have your logo front and center.

When you’re ready to get serious about branding your takeout and food packaging, give us a call! Our Packaging Advisors are happy to go over all the details of your project with you to see how we can best assist.

Give us a call today at 888-321-2248.

California, New York, and Hawaii – what do these states all have in common? All three have a ban on plastic bags. In addition to those, some US cities – such as Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC – have also put a ban on plastic bags.

To say “plastic bag ban” is a bit of a catchall term. Hawaii, for instance, enacts this ban within its most populated counties, but not statewide. The ruling in Washington, DC is that customers buying food or alcohol must pay a 5 cent fee per bag used – paper or plastic. And when New York enacts their ban in 2020, it will exclude restaurant takeout bags. It will focus more on retailers and grocers instead.

However the specifics may vary, the overarching goal remains the same: drastically reduce the amount of one-time use plastic. Like most eco-friendly efforts, it’s a great idea. How exactly a business carries it out, though, can be a bit challenging.

Paper Bags

Replacing plastic bags with paper ones is a good first step for business owners effected by these rulings. Just make sure you understand your area’s regulations on paper bags before you make the switch. While this swap works in some areas, others places need paper bags to be made up of at least 40% recycled material. In California there is a 10 cent fee even for recycled single use paper bags.

Reusable Totes

When both paper and plastic bags prevent a problem, spring for reusable totes. If this makes the most sense for your business, then the best way to capitalize on these is to have your logo printed on them. When your customers reuse these all over town, they’re showing off your brand. It’s like a walking billboard. Also, when you make such a nice bag available to customers, you can do so at a premium.

Reusable Plastic Wave Bags

We know what you’re thinking – these are plastic bags. So how can they be acceptable in places with a plastic bag ban? If a bag is made of at least 2.25 mil plastic and created from a minimum of 25% post-consumer recycled material, it’s considered reusable. You’ll want to check what the specific regulations are in your area, but in many cases a reusable plastic bag is exempt from the ban. Because of their low price point, they make a great alternative to the non-woven reusable totes. And since they can be used over and over again, you can feel good about stocking them at your business. Colorful, frosty wave bags are a great way to get people to notice your business.

 

Let our team of experienced Packaging Advisors get you the right bag for your business. Give them a call at 888-321-2248 and see how they can help!

What stops so many businesses from going green? Quite simply, it can be overwhelming. We’ve spoken with so many restaurant and café owners who say that making the switch to eco-friendly packaging can be a daunting task, and they often times don’t know where to start. They have this notion that if one piece of their takeout packaging is earth-friendly, then all pieces need to be. But that’s not the case. Making just one or two simple swaps will make a big difference on your carbon footprint, and your customers will notice.

 

Swap Plastic clamshells for Bio-Plus takeout boxes

Clear, plastic takeout boxes are one way to go. But if you’re looking to go green, opt for something that isn’t plastic, like the Bio-Plus EARTH carry out boxes, made of 100% recycled paperboard. Or try the Bio-Plus TERRA version, which is fully compostable. And if you want to have something eco-friendly while still being able to show off prepared meals, use the Bio-Pak VIEW takeout boxes. The top window provides a good look at what you have to offer.

 

Swap Styrofoam for compostable or double wall coffee cups

There are few things we hate more than Styrofoam. That’s why we don’t stock it and instead offer things like Planet Plus coffee cups.  They are 100% biodegradable and compostable and can be used for how or cold drinks. Another option is custom printed double wall hot cups. Because their insulation means there’s no need for a sleeve, your carbon footprint is reduced. Plus there is the added bonus of having your coffee cups printed with your logo.

 

From plastic bags to recycled paper ones

Perhaps this is one of the most noticeable changes a business can make. Customers often take note of what type of bag their delivery is made in, or what’s used to carry their leftovers out of a restaurant. Show off your commitment to being green with recycled natural kraft paper bags. Of course, if you want to stick with plastic, there are options. You can feel good about making the switch to biodegradable plastic takeout bags.

 

Remember that no matter what changes you make, big or small, they are all a step in the right direction. And if you need some guidance, or if you’re ready to put your company logo on one of those earth-friendly items, give our experts a call!

There’s a famous scene from the 1967 movie, The Graduate in which the young lead, Benjamin played by Dustin Hoffman is enlightened by his father’s friend, Mr. McGuire:

“I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.”

“Are you listening?”

“Plastics.”

“There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?”

 

Plastics have been in the news quite a bit lately.

 

In the food packaging business, we think about plastics quite a bit. And the word plastic (sometimes called “poly”) can mean a lot of different things. It can be referenced with a lot of different names and haunted by a whole list of acronyms.

So let’s take a look at some of the most common plastic / poly acronyms and some of the products that are made out of those compounds.

High-Density PolyEthylene

High-Density PolyEthylene (HDPE) has a high strength-to-density ratio, HDPE is commonly recycled, and the products produced from HDPE are often reusable. It is also harder and more opaque and can withstand somewhat higher temperatures than LDPE, Low-Density PolyEthylene.

Some products that are made from HDPE include:

FBACOCT080614

White HDPE Poly CarryOut Bags with Die Cut Handle – 8.25 x 6 x 14″ #1A

 

 

FBACOCT120916

White HDPE Poly CarryOut Bags with Die Cut Handle – 12 x 9 x 16″ #1

 

 

FBACOCT141014

White HDPE Poly CarryOut Bags with Die Cut Handle – 14 x 10 x 14″ #2

FBACOCT191012

HDPE Side-by-Side Plastic Shopping Bags with Rigid Handle – 19 x 10 x 12″ #5

FBACOCT141015

HDPE Heavy Cake Plastic Shopping Bags with Rigid Handle – 14 x 10 x 14.75″ #3

 

FBACOCT181718

HDPE Round Tray Plastic Shopping Bags with Rigid Handle – 18 x 17 x 18″ #4

 

 

LDPE

LDPE is an acronym for Low-Density PolyEthylene. This type of plastic is weaker and has less tensile strength than HDPE. BUT — its resilience is higher, and its density is lower – so it can actually “stretch” and “flex” better than HDPE without cracking. LDPE is also more transparent than HDPE.

 

LLDPE

LLDPE is an acronym for Linear Low Density PolyEthylene. It is the most flexible of the plastic sheeting films. LLDPE is blended form of LDPE where the film has much more flexibility, is more pliable, and softer than HDPE. LLDPE is used for films that need a tremendous amount of strength to absorb impacts while not tearing or puncturing. In the event that a tear or puncture should occur, LLDPE is far less likely for the hole to run than tears or punctures in other polys. LLDPE bags provide extra strength and impact resistance that allows a lighter gauge bag to do the same job as a heavier gauge HDPE bag.

PETe

Polyethylene terephthalate is commonly abbreviated PETPETE. It is the most common thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family. PET is the number one recyclable plastic. It’s safe, non-toxic, strong and lightweight. PET is used to produce food trays that can be used for frozen dinners, since they withstand both freezing and (in some cases) moderate oven baking temperatures.

Some of the products that are made from PET include:

XFSDT-16CT

16 oz. Dart Conex Classic Clear Plastic Cups

XFSFN15024M-BLACK

Black Square Plastic Bowl – 24 oz.

XFSFN15024M-CLEAR

Clear Square Plastic Bowl – 24 oz.

 

XFSFN15032M-GREEN

Green Square Plastic Bowl – 32 oz.

XFSWNAPB48CL

48 oz. WNA Caterline Pack n’ Serve PET Bowls

 

XFSBEKHCP603

6 X 6 X 3-3/8 in. Clear Hinged PET Plastic Clamshell Container

 

PP

Polypropylene (PP), also known as polypropene, is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of applications. It’s also sometimes referred to as “cello”

Products made from Polypropylene include:

BBC175X4CAFESPOON

Coffee Spoon, Clear Poly Food Bags – 1-3/4 x 4″

FBAPPFL0304

Bite Size, Clear Poly Food Bags – 3 x 4″

BBC4X11LGPRETZEL

Large Pretzel Rod Clear Poly Food Bags – 4 X 11″

BBC4HVYSQUAREOPP

4 Lb., Heavy Duty Gusseted Clear Polypropylene Food Bags – 5-1/2 X 2-1/4 X 13″

BBC6HVYSQUAREOPP

6 Lb., Heavy Duty Gusseted Clear Polypropylene Food Bags – 5 X 3.25 X 14″

 

PLA

Poly(lactic acid) or polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the United States and Canada), cassava roots, chips or starch (mostly in Asia), or sugarcane (in the rest of the world).

Some of our products that are manufactured using PLA include:

PLA-9

9 oz Compostable PLA Clear Cold Cups

PLA-DL

Compostable PLA DOME LIDS with Hole Slot for 9 to 24 oz PLA Cold Drink Cups

PLA-S8W-C

Compostable PLA 8″ Jumbo STRAW – Individually Wrapped

PLA-DR16

16 oz. Round Compostable PLA Deli Containers

 

In most cases, you won’t need to know what all of the types of plastics and polys are. The Packaging Experts at MrTakeOutBags.com are always here to guide you toward the product that will best suit your needs. But, at least now, you’ll know what all of those acronyms stand for.

Have a question about plastic food packaging products? Let our Packaging Advisors guide you through the process of selecting the right solution for you. Give them a call at 888-321-2248 Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

We work with a variety of talented and bright business owners and entrepreneurs. There’s no doubt that they’re rock stars at what they do. But they can’t be expected to know everything, right? That’s why we frequently run into customers who struggle to understand what we mean when we say we need “vector artwork” in order to print their logo. We wanted to put together an easy guide to help better understand what it is and why it matters in the printing world.

What is it?

In the simplest terms, vector artwork is clean artwork. When a logo is vectorized, it means that it’s created with specific software (often Adobe Illustrator) to produce high-quality images. To make vector art, the software uses some pretty complicated algorithms, resulting in artwork that is outlined precisely. This outline makes it possible out rework the art as needed for printing.

 

What does it look like?

It’s easy to spot non-vector, or raster, artwork. Those files will make an image turn blurry when resized. Lines aren’t smooth and details are all but washed away.

Another easy way to tell if you’ve got raster artwork is to take a look at the file type. Files that are .jpg, .gif, .png, .tif will be raster files. Those saved as .ai, .eps, or .svg will be vector art. Note that most PDF’s are vector files, but not all of them are.

 

Why is it important?

For starters, it allows our art department to alter your logo to the exact right size for printing – all without getting a fuzzy image. If you’re going to put in all the time, energy, and money to have your logo printed on your packaging (or on anything, for that matter) then you definitely don’t want it to look blurry.

 

So when you’re working with your graphic designer on your company logo, be sure to ask for vector art files. It will save you so much hassle in the long run! Only have raster files? That’s alright, we can still help you out. We can convert nearly any file into print-ready artwork.

Give our Packaging Advisors a call now to chat about getting your business name printed on your company’s most-used packaging.

888-321-2248 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST